GEICO says, 'Take a double helping of safety while driving this holiday season'

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 16, 2017 – Whether it's a short shopping trip or a lengthy excursion, GEICO wants drivers to put safety at the forefront during their holiday travels. Taking a little extra care on the roads and following the below tips will help drivers arrive safely at their destinations.

  • Don't overdo the holiday cheer: The holidays bring people together, and on many occasions alcoholic beverages may be served. If you decide to drink, make the proper arrangements to get home. Some options could include public transportation, rideshare, taxis or a designated sober driver to take the helm of your "sled."
  • Remember your belt: Tying a holiday tree to the roof may require a convoluted series of knots and riggings; however, fastening a seatbelt takes all of about three seconds. This quick action can reduce the chances of severe injury or worse in a crash.
  • Remain alert for increased foot traffic: Whether it's in the mall parking lot, a parade or another special event—more pedestrians could be out. Drivers need to remain on high alert, and should always yield at crosswalks because pedestrians have the right of way.
  • Trim away distractions: Getting distracted behind the wheel could bust your holiday budget, as distractions greatly increase the chances of crashing. With increased traffic on the roads and more activity in parking lots, drivers need to focus their full attention on driving at all times.

For more safe driving tips, visit the car safety page on the GEICO More content hub.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.